Receiving less than its fair share of press time recently given the current debacle in Detroit, Mazda has managed to assemble quite an impressive hybrid line-up without gaining the attention of many mainstream media members. Planning to fan their enviro-friendly plumage December 11-13 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center in Japan, Mazda will unveil several vehicles utilizing Mazda’s new CO2-reducing technology. The focal point of Mazda’s display will be their new i-stop start/stop engine, which Mazda claims increases fuel efficiency by a full 10%. In addition, Mazda will also be showing off two of their proudest accomplishments: the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid vehicle and the RX-8 Hydrogen vehicle. While both of Mazda’s hydrogen vehicles will be appearing in prototype form with no confirmed production schedule for the future, Mazda’s i-stop engine has already passed Japanese emissions tests and is slated for release in 2009. No word yet on when Mazda’s new green gadgets will make it stateside, but I’ll admit my interest is definitely piqued inasmuch I am absolutely fascinated by Mazda’s apparent steadfast dedication to their disfunctional relationship with the rotary engine.
Check out Mazda’s hybrid line-up after the jump